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HDR Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Tim Cooper

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4. Starting and Ending in Lightroom

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ISO 50 • 1/4 sec., 1/8 sec., 1/15 sec. • f/16 • 24mm lens

Preparing Your Images for Success

Once you’ve captured your images, it’s time to perform magic on the computer. Modern HDR programs shave hours off the time it used to take a photographer to manually blend images in Photoshop, and days off the time it took to achieve similar results in the darkroom. There are many HDR programs, and they all operate a little differently. All, however, can produce both surreal and realistic results. The surreal look is relatively easy to achieve without any coaching; creating a realistic image is more of a challenge. ...

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